James Pethokoukis

Politics and policy from inside Washington

Obama’s healthcare informercial

June 25, 2009

This exchange was not good for Team Obama:

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it’s not provided by insurance.

Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.

“There’s a whole bunch of care that’s being provided that every study, that every bit of evidence that we have indicates may not be making us healthier,” he said.

Gibson interjected that often patients don’t know what will work until they get every test they can.

My spin: This raises a nasty populist element to the whole debate. Expect a closer focus on the health plan of Congress.

Comments

Congress and the President dictate the form of the public plan yet they are exempt from it. Won’t rule out taxing private “gilded” plans (unless they’re protecting union members who will be exempted and…as a way to persuade more folks into the public plan).

No Thank you. You’ve turned MediCare/Medicaid entitlements disasterous for those that provide funding/taxes.

Even DC’s Metro was once par or better – tragically suffering now the consequences of apparently poor maintenance – imagine 15 years past the prime on this program.

Don’t design a plan unfit for yourselves/family and proscribe the greatness to me.

Posted by Hank Reardon | Report as abusive
 

The elites lived differently under communism too.

If any Senator’s family member is diagnosed with a difficult or rare ailment, you can bet that all the tests in the world would be ordered. The Senator might even make personal appeals to the bureaucrats if needed. Can you see the picture I’m trying to paint?

The free-market while imperfect is still the best way to go. Socialistic medicine has more drawbacks.

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